Are Arsenal in for a dismal season - and where will Ramsey fit?

By Avenell Dave

I wouldn't describe myself as one of life's optimists.

I wouldn't say I think of life if misty-eyed terms.

But while I was unimpressed by Gervinho last night, frustrated by profligate Theo Walcott finishing and concerned about injuries to more players, I came away from the Emirates distinctly positive about the game.

Yes, we were without Jack Wilshere and RvP to give us some cutting edge and there's absolutely no doubt that we need a midfield playmaker and a striker to supplement the central defender everyone is crying out for.

But with the club supposedly in crisis, the captain and star player leaving and another flair player almost certain to leave, we won a tricky Champions League game and kept a clean sheet.

There were other reasons to be cheerful. Cesc was the master of the threaded or over the top pass - the best in the world. But Aaron Ramsey seems to have the ability to switch flanks in his passing armoury as well.

It's easy to forget that the Welsh international was a bit part player when he first arrived and then missed so much of last season that his top level experience remains limited.

But he has guts, a range of passing and as we saw last season against M*nure, he can score goals.

If Wenger is to persist with 4-3-3 or even switch to 4-4-2, where will Ramsey play if we sign a playmaker? I'm not saying we don't sign one but for me he has to be a part of the first team.

With Jack Wilshere a certain starter and Alex Song or the improving Manu Frimpong in the holding role, somethings's gotta give.

If I had to choose between a midfield playmaker and a striker, I'd go for the latter.

Many will fume if Wenger doesn't sign a creative player and even though it could be said that Gervinho can fill the void left by Nasri, what we need is someone to put the ball in the back of the net.

With RvP's injury record, Nik Bendtner off and Carlos Vela sent on loan (from which I suspect he will not return), we need more firepower.

Just as Wenger got criticism for not replacing Patrick Vieira as Cesc developed, so too can I see him persisting with Ramsey.

Unfortunately, although I thought he worked his nuts off, nothing seems to be falling for Maraoune Chamakh and he cannot be relied upon to get 25 goals a season anyway.

Theo says he wants to play centrally but I'm still not convinced.

Relieved as I was that the crowd did the right thing and got behind the team, I was shocked to read the comments of despair on Twitter.

It was as if we'd lost rather than ground out a slender win and kept a second clean sheet.

There's work to be done, clearly, starting with Nasri's sale and current players rehabilitated.

A lack of signings will have us all up in arms, of course, but let's wait and see what pans out.

Is it really going to be a long hard season as someone suggested to me after the game? If a side shorn of its two star men can win big games and if we can add the quality we require, I really don't think so.

Keep believing, Addicts.